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Benedict Cumberbatch to play Hamlet on stage in London

The world’s most famous Cumberbatch will play perhaps history’s most famous prince in a new stage production.

Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch will star as Hamlet in a mounting of William Shakespeare’s tragedy that will play London’s Barbican Theatre in the West End for a 12-week run from August through October 2015.

Veteran producer Sonia Friedman’s shingle is behind the production, which will be directed by Lyndsey Turner. Turner recently impressed Broadway with a technically innovative revival of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal.

Cumberbatch last appeared on the West End stage in the National Theatre’s 2011 production of Frankenstein opposite Elementary star (and fellow Sherlock) Jonny Lee Miller, as directed by Danny Boyle.

Benedict Cumberbatch gets his own #GoodToBeBad Jaguar commercial

Benedict Cumberbatch knows a thing or two about playing bad. (And brilliant. And both.) So it was a no-brainer to have the Jaguar spokesman lend his voice to the luxury car company’s new “Good to Be Bad” ad campaign.

The voiceover spot comes on the heels of Jaguar’s devilishly fun Super Bowl commercial featuring Tom Hiddleston, Ben Kingsley, and Mark Strong as very bad men enjoying the good life (or at least enjoying British-made modes of transportation).

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10 things we learned from Benedict Cumberbatch's 'T Magazine' interview

Oh hey, look — your boyfriend Benedict Cumberbatch scored another magazine cover and photoshoot! (We’d say he’s never looked better, but, uh, we’re kind of biased.)

The Cumbermeister’s latest interview isn’t exactly his most revealing ever, but it does include plenty of tasty tidbits about how his first major acting role, how the “accidental superstar” reacts to Cumbermania, and which animated character he thinks he bears a resemblance to. (Hint: It ain’t Prince Charming.) Here’s what we learned:

He’s still self-deprecating to a fault
“Why does anyone want to know my opinions?” he asks his interviewer at one point. “I’m not interested in reading my opinions.”

He’s in your computer, taking over your Internet
According to the article, last year, Cumberbatch was tweeted about a staggering 700,000 times. That’s a lot of name jokes.

He’s got a sense of humor about his unique look
“He says he looks ‘like Sid from Ice Age.’”

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'Sherlock' goes 'Man of Steel': Should heroes have a license to kill?

The Sherlock Holmes played by Benedict Cumberbatch is the most brilliant problem solver on television. The Sherlock Holmes played by Jonny Lee Miller in Elementary comes pretty close, but I give the edge to the “high functioning” sociopath with the “mind palace” in his head. (Now that’s some Intelligence.) The third and final installment of Sherlock’s third season challenged the master detective with a most vexing conundrum, a test of both imagination and morality, one that has become increasingly popular in our hero fiction of late: To kill or not to kill. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: Mad about 'Sherlock'

What will fans of British detective shows, Benedict Cumberbatch, and/or super-cool long overcoats be doing this weekend? Why, that’s easy to deduce: They’ll be watching Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman play Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in the long-awaited season 3 premiere of Sherlock, the updated revamp of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic sleuthing tales which debuts on PBS’s Masterpiece this coming Sunday.

It’s been almost two years since the show was last on the air — which is a long time for fans to ponder just how Sherlock survived his seemingly fatal fall from a hospital roof in the season 2 finale. To mark Holmes’ return to our screens, EW visited with the Sherlock crew in London for a cover story that delves deep into this global phenomenon. Producer Sue Vertue reveals that Cumberbatch did not get the role because of his looks — “When we first cast him, people were saying, ‘You promised us a sexy one!’” — while Freeman reveals that he almost didn’t get cast as Watson at all. The show’s stars and creators preview season 3 which will first reunite our two heroes and find Holmes acting as best man at Watson’s wedding. “It’s going to hit people where they live,” says Freeman of the episode. Cumberbatch, meanwhile, discusses the season’s “chilling” new villain Charles Augustus Magnussen (Lars Mikkelsen), and says he’s completely game to do more Sherlock after this season. Speaking of which, cocreator Steve Moffat tells EW that he and fellow Sherlock overlord Mark Gatiss already know what they want to do for season four. “We’re really excited about where we’re going with it,” says Moffat, who also talks about the future of his other show Doctor Who.
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Help us solve the mystery! Who's your favorite Sherlock Holmes? -- POLL

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first introduced Sherlock Holmes to the world in his 1887 novel A Study in Scarlet. Since then, the London-based detective best known for his logic, use of disguises, and overall ability to solve just about anything has been portrayed on screens both big and small. From Basil Rathbone’s 1930′s version of the character, featuring his signature pipe, to Benedict Cumberbatch’s recent adaptation, every Sherlock has a little something different to offer its audience.

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Benedict Cumberbatch recites R. Kelly's 'Genius' on Kimmel: 'I can't wait to turn you on' -- VIDEO

Who knew Sherlock was a fan of slow-burning, explicitly sexual hip-hop?

Well, that’s elementary, my dear Watson, especially when it comes to Jimmy Kimmel Live late night antics. Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch appeared on Kimmel last night and gave a dramatic reading of R. Kelly’s “Genius,” a song from the artist’s upcoming album Black Panties.

“I give you Emmy, Golden Globe, and BAFTA nominee, Benedict Cumberbatch,” announced Kimmel to an impenetrable wall of audience shrieks. It was a simple setup — the English actor sat only on a stool, bathed in a single light — you know, the better to let the lyrical greatness shine through.

“Go to sleep, and when we wake up, I’mma hit that thing again,” Cumberbatch reads.

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How do Tumblr's Entertainers of the Year compare to ours?

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If we sat all the millions of Tumblr users with their 150 million-plus blogs in one room and asked them to compile their list of this year’s top entertainers, it would look like this:

UtterChaos.

Fine, bad idea. Instead, the minds at Tumblr HQ compiled a 2013 Year in Review, listing the top reblogged names in each category, including actors, actresses, bands, and solo artists.

But we at EW HQ have a bone to pick with Tumblr users: Out of the 100 entertainers listed as the most popular, only three names match our list: Jennifer Lawrence, Miley Cyrus, and Macklemore. With that discovery, we figured we’d take a closer look and investigate the differences between our picks and those of Tumblr-ers. Below, our findings:
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Watch as Benedict Cumberbatch does a Chewbacca impression in front of Harrison Ford -- VIDEO

Why so scared, Harrison Ford? Is it a rolling boulder, a hijacked presidential plane, an umpteenth question about a Star Wars reprise that could cause your face to contort with such fear?

Nope, it’s just Benedict Cumberbatch doing his best guerilla Chewbacca impression on The Graham Norton Show — in which he and Ford were guests back on Oct. 19.

Host Graham Norton brought up the subject of Cumberbatch’s penchant for celebrity impersonations, to which the Sherlock star replied, “It’s just sort of having an ear, it’s part of what we do, I guess,” before belting out the Wookiee’s cry. Ford’s response? Jaw-dropping confusion and shell-shock.

Watch Cumberbatch’s impression make Harrison Ford nearly lose his marbles below: READ FULL STORY

Burgerking Creamsicle? Rinkydink Curdlesnoot? Create your own Benedict Cumberbatch name parody

Ah, Benedict Cumberbatch, what would the Internet do without you? The Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness star may want to be known more as an award-winning thespian, but on the web, he’s a hero to millions of adoring “Cumberbitches” (who’ve got his back) as well as the target of never-ending parodies to his awkwardly rhythmic name. Say it with me: Ben-e-dict Cum-ber-batch. Three syllables each, but so easy to spoof: Barister Cuckooclock, anyone? Tiddleywomp Cabbagepatch? Bumbleshack Crumplehorn?

The possibilities are endless, and generous Tumblr user “WandaVentham” (named for Cumberbatch’s real-life mum) has created the Benedict Cumberbatch Name Generator for all your parodying needs. “I say his name a lot but it takes extra effort to come up with a fun new variation each time so I got this script to do the thinking for me and maybe for you, too,” the generator creator wrote in a post introducing the site. There are a few we found in the mix that are NSFW (see for yourself) but it doesn’t take the fun away from names like Wimbledon Tennismatch.

See what combinations come (–berbatch) up for you here, and share your favorite in the comments. Who knows, the actor might just comment on the meme one day.

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